|Central BC Nature Viewing Region|
|Forests for the World, Prince George|
|Extensive trail network through natural forest and plantations. Features multiple viewpoints of interest including Shane Lake, Reflection Lake, and a high point overlooking the city and mountains in the distance.|
|Prince George Naturalists Club|
|Geographical Description||Fraser-Nechako Plateau|
|Area/ Trail Length||Park area: 106 ha, +15 km of trails|
|Seasons to Visit||Popular park visited all year round. Diverse habitat and stages of forest succession offer an array of opportunities to see fascinating animals (i.e. moose, beaver, garter snake, long-toed salamander, and pileated woodpecker), plants, and fungi.|
|Habitat||Mixed forest, freshwater habitat|
|Viewing Highlights||Shane Lake – viewing platform and two docks available: perfect for spotting waterfowl, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, and beavers. Lake is also stocked with trout. Shane Lake and nearby Reflection Lake are easy hikes from the main parking lot.|
The extensive network of trails include interpretive trails with educational signage (natural and cultural history) and lead to viewing highlights such as a viewpoint of the city and distant mountains to the north-east. Mixed forests include spruce, Douglas Fir, birch, and cottonwood. Excellent botanizing and bird-watching in the understory.
|Main Access||Within Prince George:|
Turn onto Cranbrook Hill Road from Foothills Blvd.
Follow Cranbrook Hill Road approx. 1.4 km and turn left onto the gravel Kueng Road.
Follow Kueng Road approx. 2 km to main parking lot.
|Secondary Accesses||Another popular access point is at the Cranbrook Hill Greenway parking lot: |
Within Prince George, take University Way towards the UNBC campus. Past the UNBC campus entrance 300 m, turn right onto Campus Ring Road. This road is right off the curve that turns University Way into Tyner Blvd. The parking lot will be the next left before the tower.
|Cautions||Be aware of wildlife – active bear and moose area|
Possibility for disorientation on extensive trail network. Major trails are well marked, but it helps to refer to a map at certain points. Some trails may be more challenging – be prepared.
|Jurisdiction||City of Prince George.|
|Regulations||Camping not permitted, no motorized vehicles and horses on trails, all pets must be on a leash, fires in designated fire pits only.|
|Facilities||Picnic tables, picnic shelters, fire pits, pit toilets, fishing docks.|
|Other Recreational Activities|
|FMI||Bryce, R. (2012). Hiking North Central BC. Prince George, BC: Peak Performance Publishing.|
Nash, M. (2004). Exploring Prince George: A Guide to North Central B.C. Outdoors. Surrey, BC: Rocky Mountain Books.
|Links||Prince George Naturalists Club|
|Caledonia Ramblers Prince George|
|Prince George Tourism|
|Wildlife Viewing in the Omineca Region|
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